Welcome bastards to another installment of NerdBastards’ weekly DVD Tuesday feature. We list what came out today and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. We got three releases for you to check out.
After that, we got an animation-filled of TV Show DVD section and another week of Hidden Gem (or Crap) that features aliens and ninjas that may face each other. So what are you waiting for? Check what came out after the jump and see if there is something you want!
All Star Superman
Fueled by hatred and jealousy, Lex Luthor masterminds an elaborate plot to kill the Man of Steel – and it works. Poisoned by solar radiation, Superman is dying. With weeks to live, he fulfills his life’s dreams – especially revealing his true identity to Lois Lane – until Luthor proclaims his ultimate plan to control the world with no alien hero to stop him. Powers fading, Superman engages in a spectacular deadly battle with Luthor that could truly trigger the end of Earth’s Greatest Protector.
Starring: James Denton, Anthony LaPaglia, Christina Hendricks and Ed Asner.
Directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths)
The folks that have been behind the DC Universe animation titles have been doing a fantastic job with the recent releases and this time they’ve decided to bring the Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely All Star Superman to animated life. The Blu-Ray and 2 disk DVD set features all the goodie extras that would make this release worthy of the BUY title and not to mention, all three release has a special 11 minute preview of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, which features Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan.
Super villain Megamind’s (Will Ferrell) dreams have come true when he conquers the city’s protector Metro Man (Brad Pitt) gaining control of Metro City. But when a new villain (Jonah Hill) is created and chaos runs rampant, the world’s biggest “mind” and his comic sidekick Minion (David Cross) might actually save the day. With an all-star cast – including Tina Fey – and amazing animation, Megamind is packed with high-flying action and non-stop laughs.
Staring: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and David Cross.
Directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar 1 and 2)
Another DreamWorks film that has been praised by film critics but the gags and story may be a bit of mixed bag for some folks. Either way, the film is worth checking out, especially if you have kids as this film will be take up 90 minutes of their lives. As most CG animated feature, if you purchase the Blu-Ray or 2 disk DVD release, you’ll get another animated feature based on the characters.
From The Hangover director Todd Phillips, Due Date throws two unlikely companions together on a road trip that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous. Expectant first-time father Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) looks forward to his new child’s due date five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at his wife’s side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when an encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan on a cross-country trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, many friendships and Peter’s last nerve.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, and Jamie Foxx.
Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Road Trip)
I know some of you will probably be saying how you this film when it was called Planes, Trains, & Automobiles but this film does a good job to entertain you with its 100 minute running time. With no noteworthy extra feature included, this easily gets a rent title.
TV Show DVD
FLCL: Complete Collection
When the three powerhouse creators of Eden of the East, Gurren Lagann and Neon Genesis Evangelion bumped heads, they spawned the series that broke all the rules – then broke the mold.
Naota is a detached sixth-grader afflicted by the pangs of puberty. He’s fooling around with his brother’s ex-girlfriend when a crazed girl on a motor scooter runs him over, brains him with a bass guitar, and moves into his house. This pink-haired girl, Haruko – who claims she’s an alien – hurls Naota into the middle of a mega-corporation’s secret agenda. Oh, and now giant battling robots shoot from his skull. Mix in mind-bending animation and tunes that echo through your cerebellum to top off the trip that will have you falling hard for FLCL.
Sure this may have be on a lot on Adult Swim and has been released on DVD years ago but if you haven’t picked this awesome series up and like your anime in HD, in which Funimation did a good job in upscaling this, this is definitely worth picking up.
GinTama: Collection 4
Things get really crazy… that is, crazier than usual, which just goes to prove that the universe really must be composed of infinite possibilities… when Kagura’s father shows up in Edo to visit his daughter. Oh, and he’s also in town to take on the deadly alien menace that he might be on the trail of. When the yakuza takes on aliens, who will lose? The innocent bystanders of course. Needless to say, Kagura’s associates respond to her possible (and not particularly voluntary) exit from the franchise in predictable fashion: by trying to grab female lead status for themselves.
Meanwhile, Sadahara discovers a devilish aspect of his own personality while becoming a demon, which leads to inevitable difficulties with the High Priestess types. What’s Gintoki doing during all this? Dodging, mostly.
As always, I cannot recommend this series enough! It seems that this may be the last release from Sentai Filmworks unless they are able to license more season so folks, if you want a series that is full of gags that will make you laugh, then support this as Gintama is definitely worth supporting. Also, you can head on over to Crunchyroll to check the series out.
Available: 2 Disk DVD Set
Invader Zim: Operation Doom
Well, a compendium of highlights from a mission of doom that isn’t going quite as planned. But be warned, INVADER ZIM has come to assume control of Earth and its annoying inhabitants, and he WILL succeed. But until then, you, vile earth fiend, can watch. Watch and learn how to infiltrate the masses and, well, um…just WATCH!
While this is nothing more than a “Best of” release, it seems that the internet believes that this is Nickelodeon testing the fans to see if Invader Zim is worth reviving. So people of internet, if you are a fan, then do what you can to help the series out.
Hidden Gem (or Crap) of the Week
Alien vs. Ninja
The filmmakers behind Tokyo Gore Police and The Machine Girl join studio Sushi Typhoon to add this side-splitting horror-comedy to their line of entertaining cult cinema.
In ancient Japan, the fiercest ninjas of the Iga clan face their toughest enemies – and they aren’t from this planet! A fiery mass crashes in the forest and soon horrifyingly savage creatures reduce the warriors to tasty snacks. But these jerks from outer space have bitten off more than they can chew. The ninjas’ swords and throwing stars may fail against the unearthly goons, but their skills don’t stop at sharp stuff. If you’re into Army of Darkness, you’ll be taking bets over who’ll win this over-the-top battle for survival!
Watch the trailer and tell me that this film is not ridiculous looking. While it seems that the film will more likely be on the “it’s so bad that it’s good,” it’ll be entertaining to some of you folks.
*NerdBastards’ DVD Tuesday feature only list certain releases that may have some interest for our audience and thus why it doesn’t list all releases as we are sure that you wouldn’t care for those.*